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The rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance on April 13
for the 13th annual Walk for a Wish event on the track of Harborfields
High School. Despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions, hundreds of
people showed up to support Frank, who’s been battling a
life-threatening illness and his dream is to go to Atlantis in the
Not only did the Harborfields community raise the appropriate amount to
grant Frank’s wish, but the grand total has eclipsed $19,000, which will
allow the event to grant another wish as well.
Third-grader Becky Pashman was one of many students who went the extra
mile to help someone in need. She, along with her sister and parents,
used a kit to make bracelets with inspirational words and messages on
them. Then, along with friends who made cupcakes, they had a stand where
the bracelets and tasty treats were sold. All in all, the effort raised
“I wanted it to go to good use,” she said of the bracelets. “I thought this was a good way to raise money for Walk for a Wish.”
Sixth graders Lea Jaffe and Kasey Wrede coordinated a bake sale, which collected more than $700.
“It’s really important to raise this money for those who truly need it,”
Jaffe said. “We were happy we could do our part to help.”
Fifth grader Erin Lindqvist had a lemonade and iced tea stand, and she was able to raise $180 as well.
“I’m happy he’s able to go where he wants to go,” she said. “It just makes me smile to know we did great!”
Alexis Alpert, who now works for Make-A-Wish of Suffolk County, had her
wish granted in 2005, and she went to Disney World. She was in
attendance to see all of the fantastic work that was done to raise money
for such a great cause.
“It just shows how the support of such a wonderful community can bring
such inspiration and such life. It’s making such a difference,” she
said. “It’s people like those here today and everyone participating over
the past few months that help us grant these wishes.”
80 third, fourth, and fifth grade students from Thomas J. Lahey came
back to school on a Friday night to play tournament-styled math games on
March 22. Groups of four students faced off against each other, using
addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division to find a solution of
24 for each challenge. Throughout the night 24 donated door prizes were
awarded to raffle winners.
Members of the HHS Match Club volunteered to act as judges. After
arriving early for training, volunteers proctored each table of
Trophies for first place were awarded to third-grader Joey Serventi, fourth-grader Gavin Baron, and fifth-grader Rhys Walter.
Additional medal winners included:
Grade 3: Kelvin Semmes, Michael Palermo, Aiden Keenan
Grade 4: Brian Henry, Davis Howe, Alec Gerde
Grade 5: Anderson Soper, Talia Steinberg, Grey Wilkens
The night was a great success, thanks to the coordination of Mrs. Mayer
and the sponsorship of the PTA, and the volunteering staff members,
administration and parents!
On Feb. 27, students at Thomas J. Lahey traveled around the countries of
the United Nations thanks to the “ambassadors” from Mr. Augustino
Rettino and Ms. Susan Turrini’s fifth-grade classes.
In preparation for this day, students worked in groups and studied
individual countries in the United Nations and were each declared an
ambassador for that country. Students prepared materials like travel
brochures, maps, and informational presentations about each country. On
Feb. 27 the rest of the school, along with parents and loved ones, were
invited to visit each country, try some of the local cuisine, and read
about the culture, government, and more. Additionally, groups even
performed readings and songs related to the United Nations.
“It was really cool learning about a country that I knew nothing about,”
said TJL fifth-grader, Alex. “I learned that, in Japan, voice acting is
a very popular career path…and that they use different kinds of
utensils than we do to eat their meals.”